The 2018 International Urban Design Conference will be held at the SMC Conference and Function Centre, Sydney, NSW over 12 – 13 November.
The conference will showcase innovations in projects and research embracing and creating transformational change in urban environments.
Joining us at the conference is Mr David Cooke, Director at City Collective who will present on ‘PKC: The Efficient City and the Death of the Mixed-Use Typology’.
It is our assertion that cities today are incredibly inefficient, with strikingly low utilization of the buildings we construct. With increasing pressure for cities to be affordable, equitable and inclusive, the time was right for us to radically reconsider the assumptions of traditional building types. Does the rigid deployment of building types by use still efficiently support the elastic lifestyles of people today? We have found they do not and assert a new generation of building types that has the potential to unlock material increases in efficiency, affordability, inclusivity and equity.
To provoke a new generation of building typology for greater implied efficiency, we developed the following four-part methodology:
1. Uncover key task trends collected from primary survey data from example cities.
2. Chart the task trends onto traditional buildings types, by use and by scale.
3. Assign an implied utilization of each building type.
4. Generate a new building typology to achieve heightened implied utilization.
One or two building concepts will be presented to provoke the possibilities of design through the methodology outlined above. The preliminary impacts of these new building types are defined by quantitate result that demonstrate the positive impacts on cities in the following ways:
• increases overall utilization of buildings
• decreases housing cost
• decreases commute times
• access to amenities has increased by
We suggest these new typologies of building be accommodated as mixed-task development, rather than mixed-used, as we find tasks of working, living, and playing are more elastic than originally thought. Greater efficiency can be achieved through a higher concentration of task as we find segregation of tasks by building typology leads to inefficient utilization both in space and in time.
David Cooke has the unique skillset of being an internationally qualified Urban Designer, a registered Architect and an accredited Planner. In 2014 David was awarded a prestigious scholarship to attend the University of California, Berkeley in their intensive Masters of Urban Design program. Upon returning to Australia, as Director of design studio City Collective, David is now applying this international knowledge and experienced gained to address the urban renewal challenges that face Australian cities.
For more information on the 2018 International Urban Design Conference visit the conference website at urbandesignaustralia.com.au